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12-year-old boy in critical condition after being hit by suspected drunk driver in Langley

WATCH: A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by an alleged impaired driver in Langley Friday afternoon. As Jill Bennett reports, the child is just one of the victims believed to have been struck by the driver.

A 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car in Langley Friday afternoon, and police believe alcohol was a factor.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 4900-block of 232nd Street. Langley RCMP say the 29-year-old driver fled the scene and was arrested minutes later.

Her passenger was also arrested after allegedly attempting to hide the dark blue Nissan Rogue involved in the incident.

Both individuals are in custody, but no charges have been laid as of yet.

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“She has refused to provide samples of her breath, so information will be provided to the Crown prosecutor and they’ll make a determination as to which charges will be laid,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

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Speaking to Global News Friday night, she said she hadn’t received recent updates on the boy’s condition — but that it was very serious.

“The last that I heard was that he remained very critical.”

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The same driver allegedly hit another young person earlier in the day.

“The first one took place just outside Langley Secondary School where an 18-year-old boy was struck with the mirror of a vehicle passing by,” said Largy.

The victim in that case sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

232nd Street remained closed throughout the evening as collision analysts investigated the scene.

Anyone who witnessed either collision or may have information about the driving pattern of the Rogue prior to the collision is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

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